Swing Dance

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 9:00 PM

The Ballroom at Beveridge Landmark Events
(use left side entrance on 2nd St.)

$20 plus Esplanade S/C

Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 2:00 PM

Swing Dance lessons at Beveridge Landmark Events

FREE with ticket or pass

Open to all levels beginner and up

 

It's Swing Dance night at JazzFest! Thanks to the fabulous newly renovated Beveridge Landmark Events, and the enthusiastic encouragement of our local swing dancers from the Medicine Hat Ballroom Dance Club, Medicine Hat will be swinging and bopping like itŐs 1930! And the band that will be driving the swing machine will be led by trombonist, Brad Shigeta.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Brad Shigeta started playing drums at the age of seven and switched to trombone in seventh grade. He was one of the first graduates of the McGill Jazz Program in 1986. While attending the 1988 Banff School of the Arts summer jazz program, Dave Holland heard him and insisted that he move to New York City.

In 1990, Brad moved to New York City to study privately with his idol, Jimmy Knepper as well as complete a Master's Degree in Music from New York University. Within a few months, he was a member of the Clifford Jordan Monday Night Big Band and continued to perform with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, the Onzy Matthews New York City Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Holland Big Band, the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra and Danny Aiello, among many others. During the next two decades, while living in New York City, Brad recorded, toured and performed with Tony Bennett, Cleo Laine, Joe Williams, Maureen McGovern, Max Roach, and Wynton Marsalis among many others.

Since returning to Canada in 2009, Brad has been able to return to the roots and the music that originally attracted him to become a musician: Traditional New Orleans and Swing music. He currently is the leader of Brad Shigeta's Swingtime Band and performs regularly with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and Edmonton Jazz.

Future projects include a collaboration with legendary Canadian jazz musician PJ Perry to present the music of PJ's father, Paul Perry who led a popular dance band in Sylvan Lake, AB during the 1950s. Also, plenty of work along the West Coast with Vancouver bassist Jen Hodge has resulted in a prominent Gastown bar and grill naming a cocktail in Brad's honour.

Joining Brad will be Al Muirhead on trumpet, Mark Limacher on piano, Stephen Shepherd on bass and John Dewaal on drums. Oh yeah man! The joint will be jumping! Tickets are limited, so get yours today!